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  1. Export timelines in documented JSON format

    The website claims to publish all timelines as open data, but I found not link to actually download a timeline. Could you provide a visible download link with documentation of the format? I expect it to be a simple, readable JSON structure. The data returned by http://histropedia.uat.co/Api/GetArticlesByIds.ashx seems rather internal but it may be a start (?)

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  2. Allow any user to add/edit related media (recommended Books, Films and Music)

    Allow any user to add specific related media to the content tabs in the reading window. At the moment, the contents of the Books, Films and Music tabs is only defined by searching for the title of the event.

    For example, a user would be able to add a specific book to the list of results in the books tab by clicking on a 'edit' button to customise the list.

    As this will be a completely Wiki style system. this feature would also allow any user to remove items from the list, and change the order that the results are…

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    This feature is planned, but please vote for it if you would like to see it implemented as this will help to bring it further up the priority list.

    If anyone has any specific requests about how they would like this feature to work, please post a comment here.

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    Thanks for the suggestion! We’re just getting ready to deploy improved versions of all the demos using the latest version of HistropediaJS.
    As soon as they go live we’ll publish the source code and docs to github as suggested.
    The new versions also have less cluttered code so will be easier to follow hopefully.
    Get it touch if you need any assistance using HistropediaJS in the mean time, always happy to help :)

  4. Mobile zoom out on cards

    I tried to do a squeeze zoom out on my mobile device to see smaller cards, aND a wider timeline, and I can't preventing effective sense of the whole timeline.

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    I see exactly what you mean. We were going to have pinch and zoom controlling the timespan juts like the current zoom buttons do (without changing event card size), but it would be nice to be able to do both kinds of zoom ideally.
    We’ll have a think about a few ways to do this and keep you posted.

  5. Timeline of holders for a role

    Hi and thanks for an amazing service. The sort of timelines I and colleagues are interested in creating relate to holders of a role, e.g. principal of a college. Since only birth and death dates of people are currently used, we can't create timelines of when different people held one office. This is something I'm sure people want to do - e.g. to show not when the different Presidents of the US lived, but the dates when they held office. Is this planned for future versions of Histropedia?

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    Glad you’re enjoying the site! This feature is actually one of the top priorities for the next round of improvements, so it shouldn’t be too long before it’s available.
    Our plan is to do a mass import from Wikidata, using properties like ‘position held’, ‘employer’ and ‘educated at’ to create the new events.
    We will keep this item updated, so you’ll be notified when work starts on the feature, and when it is complete.

  6. Timeline Explanation/Description box

    Allow timeline creator to write a description of the timeline. Can be used to write a summary, or to give further information about the contents of the timeline.

    Anyone viewing the timeline would be able to see this description, and it would be editable by the creator at any time.

    (suggested by user apollo_stream)

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    We don’t have a definite time for deployment of this feature yet, but it is on our road map and will be available soon.
    Please vote if this is something you need, as this will bring it further up the to do list.

  7. Other languages

    It would be great to have this tool for other wikipedias. It would be useful for much more people.

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    The the main site is still English only unfortunately, and development is currently focused on on our timeline engine (HistropediaJS). This is our first revenue stream, so we’re just building it up to the stage where we can sustain ongoing development of the main site as well.

    We do however have a separate tool that can display timelines in other languages using live data from Wikidata data:
    http://histropedia.com/showcase/wikidata-viewer.html

    Here’s an example timeline:
    Items within 3km of Rome city centre (in Italian) – https://tinyurl.com/y8j8sp6l

    Unfortunately this tool uses Wikidata queries so you would need to learn the syntax before being able to write your own.

    But it’s very easy to edit existing queries to change the language of the output. Let us know if you need help getting started!

  8. Ability to categorize and tag events

    When one has 50 plus events it becomes useful to be able to tag and categorize the event to group these meaningfully. I would recommend tags and categories for events. Let me take an example. Independence movement of India: 50 plus events for now... Categories would be useful to group as follows by timeline: East India period, Post mutiny British rule, Civil Disobedience, World War II, etc. Tags would be useful to capture meta data like... Congress, Muslim league, INA, revolutionary, satyagraha, etc (these would allow for grouping across categories). Addition of of these two features would immensely enhance the…

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    This is definitely something that we plan to implement. The first form of categorisation that we will introduce will be colour coding of events, with the ability to specify what each colour means in an on screen ‘key’ – see idea http://histropedia.uservoice.com/forums/246686-general/suggestions/6158629-colour-coded-events.

    Regarding tagging events:
    We have been thinking that the timeline directory will effectively behave as an automatic topic based tag for events (each event is tagged with the public timeline names it is part of), but I can see that this would not be as flexible as the ability to select custom tags. We’ll keep an eye on this idea for the future.

  9. Constrained Dragging

    It's visually desirable to keep the line connecting an event to its date vertical - would it be possible to have an option that would constrain the dragging to vertical shifts only?

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  10. Active Events for a Chosen Date

    Most of the events I am recording are actually durations (specifically, life-spans and extended events). It would be very useful to be able to select a date and get a list of all the events that intersect that date.

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  11. Create global events (linked to any section in a Wikipedia article)

    This capability would be very handy. Often the event may point to a section in the wikipedia article. Ability to have the event link to the section that merely the wikipedia page would be helpful to give relevant content to a reader.

    Note from Histropedia: This feature is for creating events that will be available to all other users of the site (i.e. notable events that are currently missing). If you are interested in making PERSONAL events that are not available to all other users, see idea http://histropedia.uservoice.com/forums/246686-general/suggestions/6283224-create-personal-events-not-available-to-other-use

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    This is an absolutely vital feature and is currently on our roadmap to be started just after we release the timeline directory.

    It will give you the ability to create any Custom event that you like, that will then be available to all users of the site (including the ability to edit the details you choose).

    This will finally allow the creation of the finer details of history, like individual events that happened in a person’s life.

    The planned feature will have the following following options for a custom event:

    1) Choose any desired name.

    2) Link the event to any section of a any Wikipedia article.

    3) If desired, the date for a custom event can be linked to a chosen date in Wikidata, so that it can be maintained by bots automatically in case of any future changes to the date.

    Note: We also plan to allow ‘aliases’…

  12. Rename Event title (using a list of aliases)

    This becomes essential to make the event title more relevant. For example if the Wikipedia article was Mahatma Gandhi and the event being called out was "Mahatma Gandhi moves to India". Currently, The event date can be added in addition to choosing the Article, however the title remaining as Mahatma Gandhi while it would be more meaningful to rename the title. This request is similar to the ability to rename the article name in Wikipedia contextually when invoking as a link in wikipedia (for e.g: [[Viceroy of India|viceroy]].

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    This is a feature we have planned.

    It will allow you to choose between a number of aliases for every event. These aliases can be edited or added by anyone.

    For example:

    Other aliases for the event “Presidency of Barrack Obama” could be:
    1. “Barrack Obama”
    2. “Obama presidency”
    3. “44th President”
    4. "44th President of the US

    Note: This feature will not let you create completely new events, it will just allow alternative names for the exisitng one’s.

    For creating distinct new events, see feature http://histropedia.uservoice.com/forums/246686-general/suggestions/6307522-create-global-events-linked-to-any-section-in-a-w

  13. Create personal events (not available to other users via the search box)

    The feature will allow anybody to create events that would be saved to their account.

    Once created, any personal events would be available from the search box for that user ONLY - this will allow you to pick and choose from your personal events and world events if desired, as well as reuse them on different timelines.

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  14. Extra info/text on events

    At the moment you can extract/get information on events on Wikipedia, Twitter, YouTube and so on. It would be very useful to be able to create your own information, text, images, links and video. This would make the Histropedia tool much more useful for teachers and students for example.

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  15. Identifying Events

    It would be great if clicking on any point in the horizontal line that represents the duration of an event would pop up some info about that event (even just the title). On a complex time-line it is difficult to know which lines represent which events.

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    This would be a very useful feature which would be good to discuss and develop in this community if anyone has any preferences they would like to share.
    We are thinking of the following possible implementation:

    1. Clicking on the ‘period line’ (horizontal duration marker) would just select the event, allowing you to see which event the line represents.

    2. Hover over the period line to have the ‘name’ and ‘date’ of the event pop up, without selecting the event.

  16. Sorting Events

    It would be great if there was an option of rearranging the line-segments representing events with duration, so that they are sorted from bottom to top based on the start date of the event. Another option to sort based on end date would be equally useful. Since I am using histropedia primarily to plot life-times and long-duration events, these organizational options would make it even more useful to me.

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  17. Zoom out further (to see millions or billions of years)

    Currently, you can only see around 10,000 years on the screen when you are zoomed out as far as possible.

    Ultimately, this needs to be increased so that it's possible to see billions of years on the screen at one time (around 14 billion years for all of time)

    However, even being able to zoom out to see 100,000 or 1 million years would be an amazing start

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  18. 'On this day' tool

    Choose any date, and be presented with a list of all of the anniversaries occurring on that date.

    As a list, this could be separated into sections for anniversaries of different levels of significance (10 years, 100 years etc), and ordered by event rank so that the most 'important' events are at the top of the list.

    An alternative view would be direct display of the results on the timeline. A lovely extra would be colour coding them by the type of anniversary (e.g. centenaries could be set to red)

    Note: this has been posted by Histropedia, but was originally…

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  19. Colour coded events

    Allow the user to choose the colour of individual events on the timeline (to allow categorisation).

    The user would be able specify what each colour means (e.g. Red = Battles), and this would be displayed on a 'key' that is saved with the timeline.

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  20. Option to minimise the period lines

    Period lines show the duration of the event. This feature would allow you to show/hide all of the period lines (useful for a timeline where the duration of each event is not so important).

    When the period lines are set to hidden, the currently selected event and any starred events would still keep their period lines - this would allow you to pick out a few particular events that have a visible duration, while leaving all other events with hidden period lines.

    The setting chosen by the user would also be saved and shared with their timeline.

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